So I am getting ready to purchase my first ever Mac. Actually I did try one about 15 years ago and couldn't handle it coming from Windows so I was done with it after a week. I have heard that OSX is way easier to use then the Mac operating systems from a decade + ago so I assume someone like myself who is technically competent should be able to figure it out, at least I hope so. I have read a lot of posts on here that have been very helpful. I see tons of what should I get posts without essential info, so I won't waste anyones time.... Info on what I will be using it for: I am a law student and will be done with school in Dec and will then use my Mac Book Pro both to practice and at home. I currently have a 15" windows 7 laptop I don't do any gaming. I do like to do some video editing for leisure and am interesting in getting into photo stuff at some point. I also play guitar and am interesting to check out garage band. As far as the 13" I was looking at the base model and everything I read says 128gb seems to be way too small. I have no issue getting a USB drive but I have heard that SSD is VERY fast. $200 seems like a lot for such a small upgrade but not much I can do except complain about it. I am definitely upgrading to 16gb of RAM so no questions about that. So essentially I am looking at the 13" 256gb/16gb RAM or the base model 15" rMBP. The 15" base model has the upgrades I was going to get in it to start, its just a $300 price difference. I know that the 15" has the quad core i7 and a friend told me it is very fast. Is it that noticeable a difference from the base processor on the 13"? I don't travel more than a few times a year and currently have a 15" so not sure that portability is too big of a concern, although I will say that the 13" did seem a lot more portable even just 2" smaller. When I was at the Apple store I noticed the 15" palm pad area was massive and I am concerned it will be bothersome to type on. Perhaps it just takes getting used to, or perhaps it will be fine. Hard to tell from just a few minutes messing around with it in the store. I have read here that a lot of people have both models and hook them up to external monitors which of course then means adding on a keyboard and mouse. I appreciate those on here who mentioned looking into homeowners policy add ons vs. Apple Care and found the same thing, insurance policy is less than $50 a year and covers ANYTHING that happens with ZERO deductible, seems like Apple Care is worthless compared to that. Id also like to know if anyone here has experience with the G-Form case. Based on what I read and watched from their demos it seems like a great case and well worth the cost to protect my investment. Thanks in advance for any replies. A real helpful community here!